Within the NBA there has been some notoriously famous rivalries such as; the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, and most famously a rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. However, since Boston are one of the oldest organisations in the league, it’s fair to say that Boston have had rivalries with most of the Eastern Conference.
Although there are some quite famous rivals, there seems to be a new one coming into town: the rivalry between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics. It all started a season ago when Marcus Smart inadvertently broke Wizards guard Bradley Beal’s nose when going for a simple lay-up. The energy ramped up from there, with Beal being sent off for a technical foul against Smart.
At the end of the game, Wall went to have words with Jae Crowder near the Wizards bench and ending up with Crowder poking Wall in the nose, Wall tried to fight back by trying to slap Crowder, both ending when a heard of teammates, assistant coaches and officials broke both players apart. Both Crowder and Wall were fined, Crowder got slapped with a $25,000 fine for his role and Wall only took a $15,000 penalty.
After the game where Boston won 117-108 the trash talking was still not done as both teams were yelling at each other since their dressing rooms were close to each other. To prevent matters from escalating even worse, police officers were stood outside each hallway. Wizards forward Otto Porter spoke about the aftermath and how Boston were playing dirty. However, Boston guard Isaiah Thomas responded, “If playing hard is dirty, then I guess we are a dirty team.”
The next match up against the Celtics and the Wizards was back in Washington, for an all-black affair, courtesy of Bradley Beal, to signify Boston’s funeral. It seemed that Beal’s fashion choice backed with the rest of the Wizards as they won 123-108.
Despite tying the series in the regular season 2-2, Boston and Washington haven’t met in the first round of the playoffs since the 1984 playoffs. Even though both Boston and Washington have paved their way through the first round, the second round would see the two teams go up against each other and who is best to harness the energy and go through to the Eastern Conference Finals, which for Washington, hasn’t happened since 1978.